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Issues Confronting Lesbian And Gay Elders: The Challenge For Health And Human Services Providers

Author: JACALYN A. CLAES and WAYNE MOORE
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 23 No. 2

During the past two decades, the number of people over the age of 65 in the United
States has been increasing twice as fast as the rest of the population. Within this
diverse group, gerontologists are increasingly aware that there also exists a large
population of older lesbian, gay men, and bisexuals. Health professionals must learn to
acknowledge and meet the needs of this population. This article assists in addressing the
knowledge gap by acquainting the reader with the aging concerns of lesbian and gay
men; the impact of homophobia on their health; common heterosexual practices and
their impact on care; retirement and leisure issues; the hidden incidence of abuse and
neglect; and some suggested strategies that will assist health and human services
workers in providing quality care for lesbians and gays as they age.

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